Famed game developer Yoshiki Okamoto went from riches to rags. His studio’s website went off the internet. That’s not all—the Game Republic offices are completely vacant, with a “For Rent” sign in the window.
Game Republic is known for PS3 titles like Folklore and Genji: Days of the Blade. Okamoto is an industry vet, who oversaw titles like Street Fighter II and Resident Evil.
There are unconfirmed rumours that Okamoto and Game Republic owed large amounts of money in back loans, and that Okamoto has even skipped the country. However, as far as Kotaku can tell, Okamoto is still in Japan.
The whimper with which Game Republic has left the industry does seem odd—no press release, no thank you for playing our games, nothing. Just vanishing, seemingly, under the cover of darkness.
岡本吉起が設立したゲームリパブリックの今は？ 実際に行ってきたぞ！ [G-Dash]